by Mary Fischer
This may sound a little tough to wrap your head around at first, but a mother and daughter gave birth a day apart in the U.K., making the mom a grandmother and a mother all at the same time -- and the daughter a mother and a big sister. (Think about that for a second. Crazy, right?)
Ok, so at 43, Andrea Rafferty is a young grandmother, but that still doesn't change the fact that she had a baby -- and then her 19-year-old "baby," Amber, had her own child a day later. OMG. What are the odds?
They even had beds next to each other in the hospital so they could recover together and bond with their babies -- who are technically aunt and nephew (!!) -- which is so sweet and special.
But as fascinating a story as this is, I can't help but feel a little bit bad for Amber. She totally got gypped out of having her mother there to fuss all over her after she had her first baby -- you know, like first-time grandmas typically do.
Welcoming your first child into the world is something you never get to experience again. It's only natural to want your mom there not only for support, but to "baby" you one last time before they turn you loose from the hospital and you go home and fully enter the world of motherhood.
And while I'm sure Andrea was able to offer some great advice and companionship to her daughter, she kind of has her hands full -- so it's not like she can rush right over to help her out and show her the ropes at a moment's notice.
But then again, considering just how strong the bond is between a mother and her daughter -- maybe experiencing the miracle of birth at the same time will bring them even closer than they ever imagined. And if nothing else, at least when one of them calls the other one crying because she's so overwhelmed and can't take it anymore, hearing, "I totally understand how you feel" will be something she really means. Literally. When it comes to life with a newborn, sometimes all you want is to hear you're not alone -- which these two most certainly never will be.
Can you imagine having a baby at the same time as your mom?
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